Faculty & Staff

Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt

Postdoctoral Fellow, Agora Journalism Center

trf@uoregon.edu

At the Agora Journalism Center, Thomas R. Schmidt explores questions of digital audience engagement, its impact on journalistic routines and the changing relationship between media users and producers in the context of an increasingly algorithmic public sphere.

In addition, Schmidt has established three distinct, yet interrelated research foci: 1) an institutionally situated history of narrative journalism as an emerging news genre; 2) a sociotechnical analysis of participatory journalism and its relevance for news work; 3) a conceptualization of “cultural institutionalism” as a model to study journalism and its role in society.


Education

Ph.D., Media Studies, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 2017

M.A., Literary Nonfiction, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 2011

Mag. phil. (equivalent to M.A.), Philosophy and International Politics, University of Vienna, 2005


Expertise Areas

  • Journalism Studies
  • Political Communication
  • Cultural History of the US
  • Media and Technology
  • Media Theory and Sociology

Recent Citations/Publications

BOOKS

Schmidt, Thomas R., Rediscovering Narrative: A Cultural History of Journalistic Storytelling in American Newspapers, 1969-2001. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, under contract).

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Ali, Christopher, Damian Radcliffe, Thomas R. Schmidt, and Rosalind Donald. “Searching for Sheboygans: On the Future of Small Market Newspapers.” Journalism (2018). https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884917749667

Lawrence, Regina, Damian Radcliffe, and Thomas R. Schmidt, “Practicing Engagement: Participatory Journalism in the Web 2.0 Era.” Journalism Practice (2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2017.1391712

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Pioneer of Style: How the Washington Post Adopted Literary Journalism.” Literary Journalism Studies 9, vol. 1 (2017).

Schmidt, Thomas R., “The Circuit of Culture: A Model for Journalism History,” CM: Communication and Media 11, no. 36 (2016): 71-88.

OTHER RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (selection):

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Smarter Journalism: The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence in the Newsroom.” European Journalism Observatory, 2017: http://en.ejo.ch/digital-news/smarter-journalism-the-dark-side-of-artificial-intelligence-in-the-newsroom

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Smarter Journalism? Artificial Intelligence in the Newsroom.” European Journalism Observatory, 2017: http://en.ejo.ch/ethics-quality/smarter-journalism-artificial-intelligence-newsroom

Schmidt, Thomas R., and European Journalism Observatory, “Alarmed, Unsettled, Wary: European Media Ponder a Trump Presidency.” European Journalism Observatory, 2017: http://en.ejo.ch/media-politics/alarmed-unsettled-wary-european-media-ponder-a-trump-presidency

Schmidt, Thomas R., “Audience Engagement: Now Essential for Journalists (And Politicians).” European Journalism Observatory, 2016: http://en.ejo.ch/media-politics/audience-engagement-essential-for-journalists-and-politicians


Honors/Awards

  • Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper, honorary mention, American Journalism Historians Association, 2017
  • Lorri I. Lokey Scholar, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, 2016
  • Wayne Morse Center Graduate Student Research Award, 2016-2017
  • Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, 2016
  • Best Research Paper by a Graduate Student Prize, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, 2016
  • Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Research Support Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Gary E. Smith Summer Award, University of Oregon Graduate School, 2015
  • Graduate Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, 2015
  • Best Research Paper by a Graduate Student Prize, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, 2015
  • CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Award for Feature Writing, 2014
  • Columbia Scholarship, University of Oregon, 2013-2016
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2012-2017
  • Transatlantic Media Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C., 2012
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2009-2011
  • Politz Journalism Graduate Scholarship, University of Oregon, 2010-2011
  • Fulbright scholarship, 2005-2006
  • Graduation with honors from the University of Vienna, Austria, 2005

International Experience

Program Facilitator and Outreach Coordinator, 2015 and 2016

  • University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication
  • Study abroad in Vienna program, TransAtlantic Storytelling summer school in Portland

Internship Coordinator and Instructor, 2014

  • University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication
  • Study abroad in Vienna program

Schmidt conducted comparative research projects in the US, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In the course of his studies he spent time in the UK, France and Denmark.